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The 25th Sofia Film Fest is back in cinemas – the films on the big screen from April 2 to 8

After a short delay, in line with anti – epidemic measures, the program of 25th Sofia Film Fest continues with some of the films that were supposed to meet the audience in the last two weeks of March. We present you the highlights of the program from 2 to 8 April 2021.

The premiere of the documentary “A quiet legacy”Of the director Petya Nakova and producer Katya Trichkova, co-production with NGO Europe, kicks off the festival week. Petya Nakova and the main character – Tanya are friends from their school years, and the story of the project begins with Tanya’s love for deaf children and her dedication as a teacher in a special educational center for people with hearing impairments. Life puts her to the test and she is forced to go abroad for treatment.

“Silent Legacy” by Petya Nakova (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Her 20-year-old daughter, Cathy, takes care of the center as well as her younger sister. Cathy embarks on this life and professional challenge, relying on the strength of the family so that she and her mother can overcome the vicissitudes of fate.

Friday night – April 2, at the Cinema House is dedicated to “A quiet legacy”- due to the restrictions for 30% occupancy of the hall and due to the large number of people wishing to see the film on the big screen, we have planned two consecutive premiere screenings, from 18:30 and from 20:30.

The director of “Parcalev” is Valentina Fidanova, and the producer is Hristo Hristov (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

We believe that another Bulgarian documentary will attract the attention of impatient viewers – this is a portrait film about the legendary favorite of the audience, the actor Georgi Parcalev. His fate is intertwined with the history of the Satirical Theater, but also with that of Bulgarian cinema. During socialism, however, different sexual orientations were reason enough for an artist to be deprived of official awards and public recognition. Directed by “Парцалев”E Valentina Fidanova, and the producer – Hristo Hristov.

The day of the premiere is Tuesday, April 6, the place – the House of Cinema, starting time – 18:30.

“German Lessons” by Pavel Vesnakov (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

German lessons” on Pavel G. Vesnakov, which received the special award of the jury and the FIPRESCI award of SFF, will have another festival screening, where the audience will be able to meet with the director and representatives of the film crew. It is co-produced with Germany (Moviemento and Heimathafen Film & Media) and tells the story of two days in the life of a middle-aged man who lost his identity and decided to emigrate from Bulgaria, who is desperately trying to rebuild his relationship with all his loved ones. people just a day before he left.

“German Lessons” by Pavel Vesnakov (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

The main role is entrusted to Julian Vergov, who won the award for best actor at the festival in Cairo, where “German lessonsHad its world premiere. The film also stars Vasil Banov, Elena Telbis, Stefka Yanorova, Gerasim Georgiev-Gero, Meglena Karalambova, Ivan Nalbantov. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, starting at 20:30 at the Cinema House.

Alexander Kosev’s film “Petya na moya Petya” (Photos: Sofia Film Fest)

A special screening in the presence of a team will have the debut of Alexander KosevPetya to my PetyaWhich was premiered in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture after the SFF Awards Ceremony. The film is entitled the story of the legendary poet Petya Dubarova. The approach in creating this story is to connect the future with the past. The plot is built on the connections and parallels between two teenage girls from different times: Petya Dubarova and Petya Monova. “Petya to my Petya”Asks questions, and the modern Petya from the film has to find her answers, placed in a situation between life and death – whether to choose life or to follow her favorite poet… The creative team will present their work and will meet with the audience on Sunday, April 4, from 20:30 in the Cinema House.

Robin Wright, director of the film “Earth” (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Exclusive festival meetings with “EarthBy Robin Wright and the five-time Academy Award nomineeA girl with potential”Of Emerald Fenel s Carrie Mulliganas well as screenings of “The ways of life“- Sally Potter’s new film with Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek, and the hit from Berlin and Sundance 2020”Never rarely, sometimes always”By Eliza Hartman.

Shot from the movie “Earth” by Robint Wright (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Earth”Is the feature-length directorial debut of the famous actress Robin Wright. This is a touching story about a woman who seeks the meaning of life in the vast and harsh American nature. After experiencing a tragic event, it is not possible for Wright’s heroine to maintain her connection with the surrounding reality and facing this uncertainty, she retreats to the magnificent but harsh wasteland of the Rocky Mountains. Once a local hunter brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again. The screening of the film is on Saturday, April 3, at 6:30 pm at the Cinema House.

“Girl with potential” (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

With five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Director, the actress made her feature film debut. Emerald FenelA girl with potential”Already has an extremely serious asset – 180 nominations and over 80 awards from around the world. The story follows the charming Cassie (played by the talented Carrie Mulligan), whose future has been changed by a mysterious event. Nothing in her life is what it seems: she is incredibly smart, nervously calculating, and at night she leads a secret double life… “It is an intelligent, provocative, grim comedy and revenge film with an extremely powerful and multi-layered performance by Carrie Mulligan as Cassie.“Says Richard Roper of the Chicago Sun-Times for the film. The screening of the film is on Wednesday, April 7, at 18:00 in the Cinema House.

“Girl with potential” (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

The legendary British director Sally Potter trusts the talent of Javier Bardemto tell in “The ways of life”One day from the reality of Leo and his daughter – along with extremely talented actors like El Fanning, Laura Linney and Salma Hayek, they paint a momentary picture of the mosaic of alternative lives that the protagonist could experience. Potter’s handwriting, an uncompromising, raw and ruthless story, is one of the hallmarks of her work, loved by fans and filmmakers alike, and her ability to extract from the actors all the best they can is truly admirable. The screening of the film is on Tuesday, April 6, at 20:30 in the House of Cinema.

Footage from “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

With a special jury award in Sundance 2020 from the program “Films from the USA: Neorealism”, with the grand prize “Silver Bear” of the jury in Berlin 2020, the film by the screenwriter and director Eliza HitmanNever rarely, sometimes always”Became one of the discoveries of independent cinema last year.

The story follows a modest teenager, a cashier at a provincial supermarket in Pennsylvania. Faced with an unwanted pregnancy and no chance of an abortion in her home state, she and her cousin collect some money, pack their luggage and get on the bus to New York. Only with the address of the clinic in hand and without shelter, the two girls boldly enter the unknown city. “Through relentless clarity and implied emotions, the director boldly tells the story of a journey that turns into a rebirth of body and spirit.”FF Sundance. The screening of the film is on Thursday, April 8, at 18:00 in the Cinema House.

“Bogre – The Great European Heresy” by director Fredo Vala (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

The presentation of the Italian-Bulgarian production in the festival program aroused serious interest.Bogre – The Great European Heresy”To the director Fredo Vala. This is one of the reasons to include another projection of this unique journey in time and space in the footsteps of the Cathars and Bogomils – the heretics of the Middle Ages, who spread from Bulgaria to Western Europe. We hope that despite the important anti-epidemic measures and the restrictions of 30% occupancy of cinemas, viewers who wish to see “Bogre” on the big screen will do so at the Cinema House – on Sunday, April 4, from 14:00. We remind all movie buffs all over Bulgaria that this movie can be watched as well #ONLINE – on our website, until April 11!

Jiri Menzel (Sofia Film Fest)

The program of the House of Cinema also includes a special screening of the film. “I served the King of England”- a landmark work with which we honor the memory of the legendary Jiri Menzel, winner of the Sofia Award of the Sofia Municipality and a good friend of the festival and Bulgaria. The story, familiar from Bohumil Hrabel’s novel, traces the dizzying rise of an ambitious young man in the hotel business in the 1930s. Menzel invites one of the best contemporary Bulgarian actors for the lead role in the film – Ivan Burnevwho will personally present the film to the audience. The screening is scheduled for April 5, Monday, starting at 20:30.

Do not miss a unique meeting with jazz – with our friends from Duchyan “Meloman” We invite everyone to an exciting and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, an innovative record company that has voiced some of the best jazz performers of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Miles Davis to Nora Jones. The screening of “Blue Note Records ”: Beyond the notes“Part of the project”Cinema resonance”Of the House of Cinema, is on Thursday, April 8, starting time 20:30.

The screenings in the week of April 2-8 of the program of the 25th Sofia Film Fest are in the House of Cinema, G8, Euro Cinema and Vlaykova Cinema.